Founded by Linda Ryan Brach, PhD in 2020 in response to Covid and other societal issues that cause unrest in people, Heartfelt Presence is place where anyone can show up and find someone to talk to. Heartfelt Presence gives people a place to explore wellbeing and more freedom for their lives, whether they are struggling or navigating a challenging situation, or wanting to increase their enjoyment of life. This is a place to learn how much more simple life can be when we each trust in our own wisdom which we already possess inside.
How is this different?
What we teach differs from many other approaches to tackling human problems in one fundamental way: it focuses on teaching health rather than treating illness. The model is rooted in a belief that we all have inner mental good health and teaches individuals how to access and sustain this health.
The model states that we create our own psychological and emotional reality from the inside out via our thoughts in each moment. This means that no one is under the control of powerful emotions associated with past events, and they can find their own peace and wellbeing.
Every one of the coaches who volunteers in Heartfelt Presence shares a life-changing understanding of psychological and spiritual (not religious) wellbeing that is changing lives every day, called the Three Principles. While still relatively unknown, this understanding has been expanding worldwide in recent years. From the website of the 3 Principles Global Community: “Private, county, city and state programs have been established in mental health treatment, corrections, substance abuse, trauma, PTSD, education, prevention, sports and leadership. There have been unparalleled programs for business leaders, couples, parents, families, the homeless, low-income housing residents, veterans, and the general public."
In addition, recent and ongoing research on the impact of learning and understanding these Principles has recently been published in The Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health where findings showed that a 3 Principles intervention "reduces stress-related problems, supports calm parenting, and improves coping for diverse high-risk populations" and in the publication; Psychology in Schools where published research findings revealed that students who received the curriculum showed significant improvements in communication, decision‐making, and problem‐solving skills; emotional regulation; and resilience compared to students in the comparison condition.
Additionally, a research study that took place in an English prison demonstrated significant improvement in mental wellbeing and purpose in life, significant reductions in anxiety and anger, and improved behavior in the prison community. A study conducted with 60 educators in Scotland also found significant improvement in teachers' ability to deal with worry, anxiety, stress, managing work/life balance, and returning to the work-place during the easing of CV-19.
There are many different coaching training programs available for 3 Principles coaches and we all are connected as part of this community. A few of the training offerings are listed here:
Bill Pettit, MD - Retired psychiatrist and current Mentor for all 250+ coaches
Peter Adrian, Web Design / Administrator / Coach
Sandy Loyall, Administrator / Coach